By on February 18, 2015

2014 Chevrolet SS in Red

You can row your own and enjoy its magnetic ride these days, but more fun may be coming for the Chevrolet SS if the suits allow it.

Motor Trend says the brand’s engineers want to bring the Camaro 1LE package to the performance sedan. The reinterpreted package would include a retuned suspension, new dampers, and different tires sized equally fore and aft instead of the standard staggered SS setup.

Given the green light, the engineers could bring the option onboard within three to six months. The only concern is whether those higher up in command — and the beancounters they employ — believe such a project is worth doing.

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47 Comments on “Chevrolet SS May Gain Camaro 1LE Package If The Suit Abides...”


  • avatar

    If only this was a CADILLACIZED into a V-Series XTS.
    This ain’t Australia. No wonder GM gave up there and SRT runs the show now.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      Why would Cadillac need this when they have tiny, decade old, flying wedge Art & Science, angry eyebrow, overpriced ATSs & CTSs & not much larger CT6s with small displacement, 4 cylinder powerplants and tiny backseats & trunks?

  • avatar
    John R

    I would be astonished if this happens. Especially when GM doesn’t even care enough to advertise the bloody thing.

    I actually saw one of these on the road! It looks good in spite of its color – some kind of olive green or something.

    Why isn’t this called a Caprice SS?
    Why isn’t there a V6 Caprice?

    I know one can do the work and finagle a detective’s Caprice from some fleet dealer willing to risk it, but damn. This seems like a missed opportunity to have a more pragmatic Camaro.

    • 0 avatar
      omer333

      Yeah, I don’t get why there wasn’t a V6 offered either.

      I mean, I can understand why when the Challenger was re-introduced it was a top of the line model for the first year, then other trims were sold the next year.

      I can also understand the reasoning behind a “four-door Corvette”, but isn’t that what the CTS-V has become?

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        V6 wasn’t offered supposably because the car is only profitable when you have tons of options, which is to say the discounts are built in. The upcharge for the 6.2 would probably be 2k, which is basically all profit as it truly isn’t costing them 1/4 of that to use the 6.2. So basically you would end up having a 3.6l sedan for $100 less than a 6.2L sedan, but you would have to spend $xMillion to test/certify both.

        The Caprice on the other hand does have the 3.6L as standard for police use, the first year was V8 only.

    • 0 avatar
      Superdessucke

      This is a colossal waste of our taxpayer dollars. Why does this thing still even exist on the market? Kill it. With fire. Please.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Meh… adding new option packages to a car that no one is buying that the mothership is only selling in a feeble attempt to keep up capacity at a factory that will be closed?

    Not bloody likely…

  • avatar
    That guy

    A track package isn’t what this car needs, nobody tracks their sedans. What this car needs is the LT1 and 8spd transmission, get the fuel economy numbers up to something respectable.

  • avatar

    I don’t get all the latent hatred for this car. Yeah, coulda-woulda-shoulda, but Holden has excess capacity it needs to fill to meet contractual obligations, a select number of diehards who want this car will buy it with actual money, and its relative obscurity ensures it will be with a decent amount in the near and possibly long term.

    Why so mad?

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      I’m not really picking up hatred for the car itself. Everyone who’s driven it has had good things to say about it. Well, except for Derek.

      • 0 avatar

        Well, it doesn’t have SHHHHHAAAAWWWWWWWD, so that’s like eleventy-hundred points against it.

      • 0 avatar
        spreadsheet monkey

        I agree with Flybrian – GM seems happy for it to carry on being a niche product, and its customers will enjoy the rarity. What’s the problem?

        TTAC have given it some fairly negative coverage since it was launched…

        https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/barks-bites-the-chevrolet-ss-is-embarrassing-itself-at-a-dealer-near-you/

        https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/november-2014-worst-sales-month-chevrolet-ss-ever/

    • 0 avatar
      Land Ark

      It’s an odd phenomenon. It’s sort of like people feel better complaining about a car they want not existing than they do having a car they want exist and not being able to afford it.

      I’m hoping for the same thing to happen with these that happened to the GTO. Everyone bash it to the point of depreciation that means I can actually afford one on the used market.

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        Agreed landark. I think this is a great car. Fast, great handling, excellent brakes, plenty of room, very good visibility. A nice family sedan that is a blast to drive.

      • 0 avatar
        Fred

        When this car is gone, everyone will cry “why can’t I buy a large RWD V8 American car?”

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          This.

          When Pontiac was euthanized everyone wailed, “saved the G8!!!”

          So GM gave everyone a Pontiac G8 GXP that addressed the overall shortcomings of the, lets not forget, $40,000 sedan without the $1,000 sunroof in 2009 dollars.

          When you adjust the price for inflation, and you channel Michael Karesh (miss his stuff) on the content analysis, the SS is priced – fairly.

          But of course it’s much easier to wail!

          1) Death to GM! They build crappy products!

          2) Death to GM! they build crappy products and don’t make a profit!

          3) Death to GM because they just need to die, but save the G8, and the Corvette, and a couple of other cars, and if you save the G8 for the love of God update the interior and the refinement, it’s so close to being a great car.

          4) What? They fixed all the G8 GXP problems, but they’re selling it at a price where they make money? And the dealers are tacking on ADM?

          DEATH TO GM! My 70% off depreciated G8 never materialized because the car is holding up way better than I thought (guess it wasn’t that crappy after all) and I can’t afford a SS.

    • 0 avatar
      mkirk

      Because even though they don’t seem to sell worth a darn the 3 I have seen at dealerships all had the obligatory “market adjustment” stickers on them.

    • 0 avatar
      SC5door

      The hatred is towards GM as far as I’m concerned. And after seeing the Chevy display at the Chicago Auto Show, it made me even more pissed at GM. The Camaro, SS and Corvette in a small corner….no excuse for their display. I was shocked that they actually chose a manual SS to present on the floor.

      I like the SS…except for the name.

      • 0 avatar
        Land Ark

        It doesn’t shock me that GM doesn’t spend a ton of money advertising the car (unless you include the NASCAR tie in) or prominently displaying it.
        The majority of folks gripe about car companies being solely focused on volume and margins. The SS goes against all that. They don’t expect it to sell in any real volume but it’s still available and they keep making it better.

        But yes, it gets tiring when I ask someone about the SS and they always ALWAYS ask “The SS what?”

  • avatar
    STS_Endeavour

    Oh, how I wish the Falcon were available. Alas, it isn’t, so I have to drool over this.

  • avatar
    redav

    Thinking about the low sales of the SS, we also know that there’s low production. How do days of inventory look for the SS?

    I could see this being a good decision if it doesn’t jack up the price (much). As is, I don’t know whom the SS appeals to, and why they would spend that much for it. Making it more expensive won’t help.

  • avatar
    rpol35

    I question the wisdom of doing much of anything to what appears to be a dead model rolling.

    I have no idea about the qualities or short comings on this model as I have never driven one or ridden in one. The few road tests that I have read have been, overall, pretty impressive. Unfortunately, I have only seen two examples of the SS in actuality.

    Unless I am mistaken, the next model year, 2016, will be the last for the SS as Holden, as a manufacturer, and the Commodore on which the SS is based, will go away as we know it.

    It would seem to me that a better effort should be made in finding a way to continue this model, independently from Holden, perhaps using a newer CTS/Camaro/ATS platform and producing the car in a lower cost (as in free of the currency differential) environment.

    Perhaps the SS would sell and could serve as a viable replacement for the mostly new Impala which doesn’t appear to sell particularly well if it had greater variability in options, pricing, etc. I would imagine that approach would lead to additional volume which begets cost control.

    FCA and Chrysler, in its prior iterations back to MY 2008, pulled this off with the LX (Charger/Challenger)and it has worked well for them – seems like a logical business case as opposed to continuing to make decisions and iterations to a model that doesn’t sell and won’t be here in another two years.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Whatever style of architecture that is in the background, I hate it. Terrible late 60’s-ness with weird shaped doors.

  • avatar
    Moparmann

    I like everything about the car, EXCEPT for the fact that it resembles a glorified MALIBU! In a perfect world, the new Impala would be RWD, the recipient of this drivetrain & SS badges, and also be available in a 2 dorr coupe! I know, I know, I’m dreaming about the past!! :-)

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    *dons special “subjective automobile styling” flame suit*

    I think its a great, great looking car. Why? Because it looks like it was designed 10 years ago, and (to me) new cars are generally UGLY!

    Other styles I like include the current gen Pilot, the Flex, and the Accord, the… hmm, off the top of my head I can’t think of too many modern cars that particularly grabs my attention. The SS is awesome but not available here. Other mainstream sedans, the Optima (which is old so will probably be ruined soon.) Most Audis, which of course are bashed for having dated old-man styling. So, you can generally parse my styling tastes from that list.

    The Impala and 200 are great from the front but then they have this hump on the trunk that makes me think the designers really wanted to store the spare there.

    Anyways, it pains me that my country of residence and current financial state precluded me from buying an SS, because I would have, and I think my current ride proves my willingness to buy a bland GM that no one knows is special.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Well put. I think at least part of the current crop of automotive designers is brain damaged.

    • 0 avatar
      Featherston

      “which is old so will probably be ruined soon” This. Exterior refreshes almost always make a car look worse. Cases in point: the XV50 Camry (with its cheap-looking C pillar change) and the J300 Cruze (with its Malibu-ized grille). Worse still, the press far more often than not reflexively praise any facelift.

      Fully fledged redesigns, obviously, are a different matter. They can be good or bad. I’m not a fan of most current design: “aggressive” front ends, me-too incorporation of LEDs, busy character lines, and “coupe” profiles that kill rear seat headroom.

      • 0 avatar
        davefromcalgary

        Its not just refreshes though, sadly.

        **again, bearing in mind this is based on my tastes**

        So damn many current model iterations are far more fugly than their decent, last gen predecessors.

        Altima (07-12), Lexus IS (05-13), Acadia (07-12), Malibu (08-12), Escape (07-12), Fusion (07-12), Tacoma (new one coming), RAV4 (05-12), Highlander (07-13), just as a few examples.

        Just remembered, every Legacy since the 2009 model year.

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        +1,000 on the Camry! It tries too hard to look like an Avalon, and doesn’t succeed! (The interior is what it should have been from the get-go in 2012, but still falls short of the Accord’s, and is just ahead of the Fusion and 6.)

        I like my Accord’s front-end (seen in my avatar), but am concerned for the 2016 mid-cycle refresh. (The LED DRLs below the headlights on the V6s could have been a single-element rectangle and might have looked better, though the current multi-element affair is certainly cheaper.)

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      It looks like it was designed 10 years ago because the basic roofline, doors, and greenhouse was designed 10 years ago (give or take)

  • avatar
    BrunoT

    It’s a good car. It’s too late now, but I’d rather have a V6 version with a little less “content” and keep the price under $40,000. Especially as the styling doesn’t exactly match the performance now.

  • avatar

    Staggered tires suck in the real world. You can’t rotate them, so end up replacing at the speed of the worst wear pattern. Whatever performance they give is largely irrelevant on the street.

    If you want any proof, look at the number of staggered wheel sets in BMW specific magazines and websites on used sale…..

    • 0 avatar
      tjh8402

      @Speedlaw – I had staggered tires on my BMW and I didn’t have an issue with them. Yes, it limited my choices. I always got Michelin Pilot Super Sports because they were the only asymetrical (rotate side to side) summer performance tire with a mileage warranty that fit. Maybe it was just the BMW’s balance, but I still managed to get pretty even wear all around.

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    Compare to “Chevrolet SS concept” @ http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v391/dogsledder54/chevroletSSconcept_zpsdb572951.jpg

  • avatar
    Lee

    The “Suits” should do more to let people know they car freaking exists in the first place.

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